Nelson Star Staff

Salmo RCMP is searching for Harsha Paladugu, who was last seen on his way to Shambhala Music Festival. Photo: Submitted

UPDATE: Man who attended Shambhala Music Festival still missing

Harsha Paladugu had left Vancouver on July 21, and was reportedly seen in Salmo six days later

Salmo RCMP is searching for Harsha Paladugu, who was last seen on his way to Shambhala Music Festival. Photo: Submitted
There is a long wait for the Kootenay Lake ferry on B.C. Day. File photo

Long delays for B.C. Day travellers at West Kootenay ferries

Congestion is heavy at the Kootenay Lake and Shelter Bay ferries

There is a long wait for the Kootenay Lake ferry on B.C. Day. File photo
A 62-year-old man died after a kayaking accident on the Slocan River. File photo

Rossland man dies while kayaking on Slocan River

The man died in hospital after being rescued

A 62-year-old man died after a kayaking accident on the Slocan River. File photo
A BC Transit bus was hit by a Purolator van on June 30, 2022, near Castlegar. File photo

UPDATE: Woman dies after Purolator van crashes into BC Transit bus near Castlegar

The 19-year-old woman was a student from Quebec

A BC Transit bus was hit by a Purolator van on June 30, 2022, near Castlegar. File photo
The Toxic Drug Alerts System uses text messaging to send alerts as a public health measure to prevent drug poisonings. Photo: Interior Health Authority

Text alerts for toxic drugs now available in Interior Health

New public health measure aims to prevent drug poisonings and deaths

The Toxic Drug Alerts System uses text messaging to send alerts as a public health measure to prevent drug poisonings. Photo: Interior Health Authority
RCMP say this boat ran aground Thursday in Kootenay Lake, leading to the death of a Boswell man. Photo: Submitted

Man dies after boat collision on Kootenay Lake shore

The boat collided with the shore near Boswell on Thursday

RCMP say this boat ran aground Thursday in Kootenay Lake, leading to the death of a Boswell man. Photo: Submitted
Castlegar Courthouse. File photo

Woman who attacked two Castlegar teens at home pleads guilty

Sasha Prokaski was arrested after breaking into a home in February 2021

Castlegar Courthouse. File photo
An electric car is seen getting charged at parking lot in Tsawwassen, near Vancouver. Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

Kootenays to receive up to 100 new electric vehicle charging stations

Natural Resources Canada is investing $1 million into the initiative

An electric car is seen getting charged at parking lot in Tsawwassen, near Vancouver. Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press
Nelson’s Jean Broster shows off the Memorial Cross and Memorial Ribbon given to her family in recognition of Arnold Broster’s Navy service. Photo: Submitted

Canadian Memorial Cross posthumously awarded to Nelson man

Arnold Broster served in the Navy for 25 years

Nelson’s Jean Broster shows off the Memorial Cross and Memorial Ribbon given to her family in recognition of Arnold Broster’s Navy service. Photo: Submitted
Poultry at a West Kootenay property have been infected by avian influenza. File photo

B.C. avian flu outbreak extends to West Kootenay

The virus has been discovered in a small flock

Poultry at a West Kootenay property have been infected by avian influenza. File photo
Whitewater Ski Resort has announced a new quad chair lift, which will begin operating for the 2023-24 season. Illustration: Whitewater

Whitewater Ski Resort to add new chairlift in 2023

The lift will provide access to a new part of the mountain

Whitewater Ski Resort has announced a new quad chair lift, which will begin operating for the 2023-24 season. Illustration: Whitewater
Interior Health says it is moving away from clinics specific administrating the COVID-19 vaccines. Photo: Interior Health

Interior Health to transition away from COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Appointments for doses will instead be made at pharmacies, local health centres

Interior Health says it is moving away from clinics specific administrating the COVID-19 vaccines. Photo: Interior Health
A take-home test kit for drug users is seen here. Interior Health is warning about a potent mix of drugs circulating around its communities. Photo: Vancouver Coastal Health

Interior Health issues region-wide warning for dangerous drugs

The health authority says multiple communities have found drugs with high fentanyl concentrations

A take-home test kit for drug users is seen here. Interior Health is warning about a potent mix of drugs circulating around its communities. Photo: Vancouver Coastal Health
A blockade will take place at the Paterson border crossing from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. File photo

Canada-U.S. border crossing blockade planned for Paterson near Rossland on Saturday

Traffic will be halted between noon and 4 p.m.

A blockade will take place at the Paterson border crossing from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. File photo
A small fire burns near Salmo’s welcome sign on Saturday. RCMP are investigating a series of fires that may have been deliberately set near the village. Photo: Jessica Brown

Arson suspected as series of fires set around Salmo

RCMP say they are investigating seven different small blazes

A small fire burns near Salmo’s welcome sign on Saturday. RCMP are investigating a series of fires that may have been deliberately set near the village. Photo: Jessica Brown
The Octopus Creek Fire on July 20. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Octopus Creek fire forces evacuation of Fauquier on Lower Arrow Lake

Evacuation order includes 168 properties

The Octopus Creek Fire on July 20. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
No fireworks are allowed this Canada Day in the Kootenays as rising temperatures raise concerns about fires. File photo

No fireworks allowed in Kootenays as new restrictions announced

The Southeast Fire Centre says there is increased fire danger in the region

No fireworks are allowed this Canada Day in the Kootenays as rising temperatures raise concerns about fires. File photo
A hallway at Nelson’s L.V. Rogers, which students decorated with shaving cream and glitter. The vandalism forced the shut down of the school Monday. Photo: Submitted

4 Nelson students arrested after messy grad prank closes school

A big mess shut down L.V. Rogers

A hallway at Nelson’s L.V. Rogers, which students decorated with shaving cream and glitter. The vandalism forced the shut down of the school Monday. Photo: Submitted
Three masked suspects allegedly smashed windows at a residence near Salmo on early Tuesday morning. File photo

Police searching for suspects after attempted armed break-in in Salmo

RCMP say three suspects were wearing masks when the incident occurred

Three masked suspects allegedly smashed windows at a residence near Salmo on early Tuesday morning. File photo
Pharmacist Barbara Violo shows off a vile of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Junction Chemist, an independent pharmacy in Toronto, Friday, March 12, 2021. A national advisory committee recommends people 30 and older can get a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine if they do not want to wait for an mRNA alternative. Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

Pharmacies in Cranbrook, Castlegar receive AstraZeneca vaccine

It’s the first time the vaccine has been made available in the Kootenays

Pharmacist Barbara Violo shows off a vile of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Junction Chemist, an independent pharmacy in Toronto, Friday, March 12, 2021. A national advisory committee recommends people 30 and older can get a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine if they do not want to wait for an mRNA alternative. Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press